• Are you a registered nurse looking for a career in Indigenous primary health care?
  • Unique Fly-In-Fly-Out (FIFO) opportunity to contribute to ‘closing the gap’ with a desert Indigenous population
  • Attractive salary package of $145,000 plus accommodation, 9 weeks leave, relocation assistance & more!

About Nganampa Health Council 
Nganampa Health Council is an Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation operating on the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands in the far north west of South Australia. Across this area, NHC operates seven clinics, the Tjilpi Pampaku Ngura Aged Care facility and assorted health related programs including aged care, sexual health, environmental health, health worker training, dental, women’s health, male health, children’s health, immunisation, eye health and mental health.

Widely recognised as being an exemplary Aboriginal health service, they have sustained a national reputation for best practice clinical services and leading edge collaborative program research and development. Their successes include significantly reducing the rates of sexually transmitted infections, increasing birth weights through their antenatal program, consistently keeping childhood immunisation rates at over 90% (some years at 100%), and providing high quality residential and respite aged care at their Tjilpiku Pampaku Ngura aged care facility.

About the Opportunity

Nganampa Health Council now has an exciting opportunity for a full-time, Childhood Obesity & Diabetes Project Officer to join their dedicated team on a FIFO basis in the APY Lands, SA.

Over the course of a calendar year, you will be required to spend no less than 60% (30 weeks) of your time on the APY lands, operating on an organisational needs basis with no set monthly FIFO structure.

This newly created role will see you working closely with the Chronic Disease Coordinator, the Child Health Coordinator and NHC Medical Officers to develop and implement a new project focusing initially on the identification and clinical management of children and adolescents on the APY Lands who are obese and/or have Diabetes Mellitus Type 2 (DM2).

The project will progress to include primary prevention activities aimed at children in the target group and their families.

Your role and responsibilities will include, but will not be limited to:

  • Developing and improving NHC screening, assessment and management processes, applicable in the remote clinical setting, for childhood obesity and/or DM2;
  • Involving expert clinicians in this field to provide advice and direction for the project;
  • Working with visiting specialist teams and NHC clinical staff to improve and coordinate screening processes and offer a comprehensive assessment to children with obesity and/or DM2;
  • Working closely with the NHC Chronic Disease Coordinator and Child Health Coordinator to support and contribute to a coordinated approach for the target group; and
  • Engaging with children and families to deliver health promotion messages.

Why Join the Nganampa Health Team?
This is a rare opportunity to help support the wellbeing of Aboriginal Children in some of Australia’s most stunning remote communities.

For those wanting to specialise in Obesity and Diabetes, while helping address the challenges associated with ‘Closing the Gap‘ in Indigenous health, this is the ideal opportunity for you.

On offer is an attractive salary package of $145,000.00, commensurate with experience and qualifications, with employment conditions as per the current Community Health Nursing Nganampa Health Council EA Agreement.

The successful candidate will also be provided with accommodation on the APY Lands, including all rent, electricity, gas and basic essentials! Further benefits include:

9 weeks leave per year;
Study leave in order to plan and develop your career;
Travel subsidies & relocation assistance;
Full support from the health team; and
Fully maintained 4WD for travel.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are encouraged to apply.

This is a unique cultural experience to join a well-established and supportive health organisation and make a difference in Indigenous Health – APPLY NOW!

Name of Contact Person: Lauren Ali